Earwax Buildup Removal – Too Much is Not a Good Thing!
Earwax, or medically referred to as cerumen, is a waxy substance that is produced by two glands in the ear canal, the apocrine and sebaceous glands. It is a natural and necessary part of the body’s defense system, as it helps to protect the ear from bacteria, dirt and other debris. It also helps to keep the ear canal lubricated and free from infection. However, too much earwax can lead to a buildup of the waxy substance, which can cause tinnitus, hearing loss, dizziness, earache, and other unpleasant symptoms.
When it comes to cerumen, it is important to understand that some people simply produce more of it than others. For those who produce an excessive amount, it can be difficult to keep the ear canal clean and free from infection, unless seen by an Audiologist or Physician. Factors that influence earwax are constant use of earbuds, age, and ethnicity.
In most cases, the removal of cerumen is a simple and safe procedure. Therefore, it is important to visit a professional for the removal of earwax if it is causing any discomfort or hearing loss issues.
How Does the Removal Process Work?
When it comes to the removal of earwax, there are a few different methods available. The most common is the use of a tiny, curved instrument called a curette. This tool is inserted into the ear and used to scoop out the wax. Other tools, such as irrigation and suction devices, may also be used.
After removing any blockage, your hearing could return to a normal state without any further treatments. Since wax can be the cause of someone’s tinnitus, removal can take away someone’s tinnitus too! We even have a device that allows us to show you what is going on in your ear too! We can take a picture of your ear canals, videosctopy!
Don't put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear
It is commonly said “don’t put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear” and “no q-tips”. Q-tips can push wax further back in the ear if put in the ear canal too far. If q-tips are used only on the outer part of the ear, barely entering the ear canal opening, the concha, it can be safe. For some people, using q-tips can push the wax further into the ear canal, which can lead to a blockage. Additionally, pushing wax further back can damage the delicate tissues of the ear canal, leading to infection and other health issues.
In conclusion, earwax is a natural and necessary part of the body’s defense and cleaning system. However too much earwax can lead to a buildup of the waxy substance, which can cause tinnitus, hearing loss, earache, dizziness and other unpleasant symptoms. Therefore, it is important to visit an audiologist to have a peek in the ear canal and take care of your ears to have the earwax removed if it is causing any discomfort or hearing loss.